APA Gives Ambiguous Response to Pedophilia Report

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNS) Washington - Although the American Psychological Association sent a letter to Congress saying that its recently published report on child sexual abuse was "inflammatory" and contained "inconsistencies" and had the "potential for misinforming the public," the APA has stopped short of publicly repudiating the article.

"I don't think we've repudiated the article," APA Rhea Faberman told the press last week.

But Raymond Fowler, CEO of the APA, sent what has been described as an "apologetic" letter to House Majority Whip Tom Delay (R-TX) calling the report "inflammatory."

Members of Congress outraged by the report, which suggested sex between children and adults may not be harmful, are concerned the APA is now backpedaling from its apology.

Matt Salmon, a conservative Member of the House from Arizona, who is co-sponsoring a resolution urging President Clinton to join Congress in condemning the study, says that the APA "has been cooperative," but according to his spokesperson the resolution is on hold "because of the dichotomy of the APA's message."

"We're waiting for the APA to come out and tell us where they stand," Heather F. Mirjahanger told CNSNews.com.

Mirjahanger added that the American Psychiatric Association, whose members are MD's, has condemned the report.

In response to the report published by the APA entitled "A Meta-Analytic Examination of Assumed Properties of Child Sexual Abuse Using College Samples," which implies that adult/child sex may be a positive experience under some circumstances, Salmon is urging Clinton to take a strong public stand on child abuse.

"Congress urges the President to likewise reject and condemn, in the strongest terms possible, any suggestion that sexual relations between children and adults -regardless of the child's frame of mind - are anything but abusive, destructive, exploitive, reprehensible, and punishable by law," wrote Salmon in House Resolution 107, which he co-sponsored with Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA).

One of Salmon's chief concerns is that if the APA doesn't repudiate the study, called the Rind study after its chief writer Temple University psychology professor Bruce Rind, it could be used in court to justify pedophilia.

The APA says that its lawyers are attempting to prevent that from happening.

The APA said that it is taking the "unprecedented" step of seeking an outside review of the research techniques used in the Rind study.

Weldon, who is also an M.D., said the Rind study was "an example of junk science at its worst. The methodology the authors employ is designed to provide a politically desired result, apparently to "normalize pedophilia." He is also calling on the APA to "repudiate" the study.